Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus served 32.4 million passengers in 2013; as of 2013, it was the 13th-busiest passenger airport in North America and the 18th-busiest in the world in number of aircraft operations.
Here’s a look at airport facts:
Owned by: Wayne County.
Governed by: Wayne County Airport Authority, which also oversees Willow Run Airport.
CEO: Thomas Naughton.
Information: www.MetroAirport.com or 1-734-AIRPORT (247-7678).
Directions: Take I-94 to the Metro Airport/Merriman/Middlebelt exit. Or, enter off Eureka Road, between I-275 and Middlebelt Road.
Gates: 147 — 121 are at the McNamara Terminal and 26 are at the North Terminal.
Total land: 6,700 acres.
Airport identifier: DTW.
McNamara Terminal airlines: Air France, Delta, and Virgin Atlantic (summer 2015).
North Terminal airlines: Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American, Frontier, JetBlue, Lufthansa, Royal Jordanian, Southwest, Spirit, United, US Airways, most charter flights.
Cargo airlines: Federal Express, UPS.
Car rental agencies: On airport grounds — Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar Rent-A-Car, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Hertz, National, Thrifty.
Ground transportation services: Metro Cars (luxury sedans): www.metrocars.com, 1-800-456-1701; Metro Cab (taxicab service): 1-734-997-6500.
Public transportation: SMART — the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation; Air Ride – both operate out of the Ground Transportation Centers at both terminals. Call 1-866-962-5515 or visit www.smartbus.org for more information on SMART. For Air Ride, visit www.myairride.com.
Parking: Available on and off airport grounds. The airport’s parking hotline is 1-800-642-1978.
Cell phone waiting areas: The north lot is off the East Service Drive at Lucas Drive. The south lot is on the south side of Eureka Road, west of the airport entrance. Motorists must remain with their vehicles. Note that terminal curb fronts are for active loading and unloading only. Unattended vehicles will be towed.
Hotels/restaurants: Available on and off airport grounds.
Travel tips/security information: Call your airline or visit its website to confirm flight information. Each airline has a Web link and telephone number at www.MetroAirport.com. Be sure to arrive at least two hours before departure. Be familiar with security information and screening procedures. Visit www.MetroAirport.com or www.TSA.gov.
Map courtesy of the Wayne County Airport Authority
GROSSE ILE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT
Grosse Ile Municipal Airport can accommodate smaller aircraft. It was home of a Naval Reserve base and later known as Naval Air Station Grosse Ile, in use from 1927 to 1969. Among the most famous fighter pilots who trained there during World War II were former President George H.W. Bush, former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and retired game-show host Bob Barker. Displays about the station are in the hallways of Grosse Ile Township Hall, which is on the airport grounds.
Owned by: Grosse Ile Township.
Airport manager: Michael Duker.
Address: 9601 Groh Road, Room 211, Grosse Ile, MI 48138.
Directions: From the Wayne County-owned free bridge, take Grosse Ile Parkway east to Meridian and turn right. Meridian ends at Groh Road, in front of the airport and Township Hall.
Telephone number: 1-734-675-0155.
Airport identifier: KONZ.
Charter Services: Blue Star Jets, Luxury Air Jets.
Flight Training: Canal Aviation, 734-676-3710
Hangars: Available for rent for single- and twin-engine airplanes.